ERIC Number: ED384892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Rhetoric/Composition: Separate but Not Equal.
There is a growing movement within the field of "rhetoric and composition" to separate the more theoretical, abstract, and prestigious rhetoric from the more practical composition. Evidence cannot irrefutably prove that professionalization is creating an opposition between the two elements of the discipline with a privileging of rhetoric, but there is no doubt that the discipline has increasingly privileged theory over practice. A short list of observations suggests what effect this privileging has been having on women in the field: (1) the ratio between men and women in scholarly journal publications does not reflect that of the profession in general; (2) Theresa Enos has found that more men publish in scholarly and theoretical journals, more women in journals concerned with the practical issues of teaching; (3) men hold twice as many tenure-track positions, despite the fact that over half the doctorates earned are by women; and (4) in response to a call to the "unheard voices" in the field, 47 responded versus 21 men. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (46th, Washington, DC, March 23-25, 1995).